Random 411: An unanswered question

It started with a question . . .

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I never could answer that question. All I knew was that I didn’t want to do what I was doing at that time, an administrative assistant. The job had good pay and decent benefits and I was fairly good at what I did, but when asked that question, I shuddered to think I’d be doing the same thing.

Five years later . . .

I couldn’t help but cringe when I asked that same question, five years later, and had to grudgingly admit that I’m doing the same thing just in a different industry and for excellent benefits, but lousy pay. The thing is I’m in the right industry but now have to find the right place for me.

The sucky part? I’m a pretty good administrative assistant. Blessing and a curse.

The good part? After thinking about that question five years ago, I decided to go back to school. and after deciding on what to go back to school for, I realized I best get myself in a prime place (experience, networking, etc.) for when I finished school. So I switched to an industry more aligned with my major. Five years later I’m almost complete with my program and can’t wait to add a whole new skill set to my arsenal.

. . . and in another five years?

Yeah . . . still an unanswered question, but what I do know is that I want to do something that I love. I mean, isn’t that what everyone wants? That’s a bit cliché and a bit vague, but I’m working on it. And what I love is research and information. And if I can figure out a way to merge that with my love for storytelling (like books, movies, and television) even better.

So, where do you see yourself in five years?

thinking five years from now


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